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Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership Hosts 2009 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium Oct. 14-15

Symposium to focus on the problems of stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion plaguing the state; Sessions geared toward engineers and municipal officials

Oct 6, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa., Oct. 6, 2009 – With issues such as stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion plaguing the state, the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) will host the 2009 Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium Oct. 14-15 on the Villanova University campus. In addition to the main sessions geared toward those involved in the planning, design, implementation and regulatory compliance of stormwater systems, a non-engineering workshop will be held for municipal elected and appointed officials.

The goal of the symposium is to advance the knowledge and understanding of sustainable stormwater management. Participants expected to attend include engineers; planners; water resource professionals; regional, state and local government representatives; and watershed and conservation groups, among others.

The VUSP was formed in 2002 by Villanova University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The mission of the VUSP is to advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and to foster the development of public and private partnerships through research on innovative stormwater best management practices, directed studies, technology transfer and education.

VUSP Director Robert Traver, Ph.D., a professor of civil and environmental engineering in Villanova University’s College of Engineering, founded the VUSP to enable continuing studies advancing stormwater management research. He began his career as an engineer during the initial implementation of stormwater management in Pennsylvania and incorporates this experience as an educator, researcher and consultant. While at Villanova, Dr. Traver has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality and measures to mitigate stormwater effects of urbanization.

Dr. Traver is a nationally recognized expert on stormwater management. He played a significant role in the Corps of Engineers' investigation of the failure of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers External Panel (ERP). In addition, Dr. Traver has testified in front of both the United States Congress and Philadelphia City Council on topics relating to stormwater management.

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Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.